co·​in·​ci·​den·​tal | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce coincidental (audio) \

Definition of coincidental

1 : resulting from a coincidence a coincidental resemblance
2 : occurring or existing at the same time coincidental deaths

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Examples of coincidental in a Sentence

The fact that he and his boss went to the same college was purely coincidental. the nearly coincidental deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa
Recent Examples on the Web In a trend that probably isn’t coincidental, Aldridge’s worst four performances this season have come in the games the Spurs have lost. Mike Finger,, "Aldridge remains a mystery the Spurs don’t try to explain," 10 Nov. 2019 Less coincidental is that both companies chose this moment to change their top leadership. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The CEOs of Nike and Under Armour stepping down at this moment is no coincidence," 23 Oct. 2019 In her follow-up to Emergency Contact, Choi crafts a tale of love and identity out of the coincidental meeting of a bodega worker named Pablo and a pop star named Leanna Smart. Wired, "WIRED's 13 Must-Read Books for Fall," 12 Sep. 2019 Its awfully coincidental that the naming change is being implemented when one of the hardest letters in alphabet rolls along. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Goodbye Android Q, hello Android 10: Google's dessert-based code names are over," 22 Aug. 2019 The location for Tuesday’s press conference was neither accidental nor coincidental. Austen Erblat,, "New Margate Cares program aims to improve police encounters for people with autism," 25 July 2019 The timing was not coincidental the next time Secret talked about the issue. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Pushed by Consumers, Some Sponsors Join Soccer’s Fight Over Equal Pay," 5 Aug. 2019 The timing of the visit is not coincidental, coming just weeks after the signing of the accord between the ruling Frelimo party and the armed Frenamo opposition and before national elections on Oct. 15. Washington Post, "Pope makes strategic visit to Mozambique after peace deal," 4 Sep. 2019 There was a secret meeting at a sidewalk cafe near the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, a meeting that seemed coincidental, almost an accident, just two old friends running into each other on a warm summer day. John Kass,, "Column: In her book on Justice Brett Kavanaugh, ‘Justice on Trial,’ Mollie Hemingway warns of things to come," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of coincidental

circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coincidental

coincident + -al entry 1

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The first known use of coincidental was circa 1800

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Coincidental.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of coincidental

: happening because of a coincidence : not planned

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